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Del Toro Rules Out HOBBIT Bridge

If there's a third film...

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 06, 2009
Source: MTV Movies Blog


Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro
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It seems that two excursions into Middle Earth is quite enough for Guillermo del Toro and his stacked schedule. A month or so after executive producer Peter Jackson and the director confirmed that the two Hobbit films will focus solely on the adventure and the White Council and not the 60 year gap to The Lord of the Rings, fans have been wondering whether a third installment could be in store for them.

The "bridge" to the original trilogy could still be coming somewhere down the New Line horizon but it won't be with Del Toro at the helm, reports the MTV Movies Blog.

“I’m doing only two movies because I felt that that was the best way to service the book,” the director said. “I’m not saying the other notion was not discussed. We discussed it a large degree. But I felt that for me, the two films were the way to go.”

Del Toro explained that the decision to split the book in half stemmed from the sprawling nature of Tolkien’s tome and, he said, the “White Council or the Dol Guldur additions.”

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Riddick316 6/6/2009 12:52:57 PM

That's ok someone else and some studio will do it.

LadyBrowncoat 6/6/2009 1:05:50 PM

 Not likely that some other studio will do it, not unless they're prepared to spend immense amounts of money.  The rights to the book are likely not cheap.

Hobbs 6/6/2009 2:22:00 PM

They won't lose the rights to the book just because the movie has been released.

That answers my question as to why they won't make it into three movies.  The fan in me wants three but if Del Toro and Jackson felt two was the best way to go in order to service the story then I'm happy they came to that conclusion.  There is always the danger of them trying to milk as much money out of this as they can.  Just making two proves they are not doing that.

egoist 6/6/2009 2:43:07 PM

If you want a bridge to the original triology just get Gandalf who is also Magneto to use his magnetic power on the golden gate and viola. Hey it's worked before.

fft5305 6/6/2009 3:28:38 PM

What does Jackson say? Does he say a 3rd movie won't be made? Or just that GDT won't make it?  Guess it depends on how much money the two Hobbit movies make.

laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 6/6/2009 3:46:04 PM

Hobbs...I don't think the worry for them was milking to much money out this franchice but fear of deluting the story itself by turning into 3 movies...Sure there may be enough material to do 3 but if it turns out that if making 2 gives them a more solid foundation for story line, then I am all for it...

fft...I'm sure if Del Toro is saying 2 movies then it's because him and Jackson sat down and came too same conclusion...

mortellan 6/6/2009 10:19:40 PM

I want to know what the 60 year 'bridge' material is supposed to be. Splitting the Hobbit into two required the addition of some White Council/Dol Guldur bits that I have at least heard of. Are they then likewise going to fabricate an entire 3 hour movie from one paragraph in some obscure appendix? It'll come off like fanfic at best.

krathwardroid 6/7/2009 2:16:46 AM

Cool. They can make as many of these as they want as far as I am concerned.

xenomorph 6/7/2009 3:41:51 AM

This is for the best. Del Toro has so many other films lined up, that he simply does not have time for the bridge story.

Wiseguy 6/7/2009 7:46:17 AM

This is a smart move. Forget the bridging the gap b.s., totally unnecessary. Besides they'd need a whole truck of make-up to make some of the original cast appear younger for an entire film. Plus like mortellan suggests, most fo us may not be happy with a third that's mostly made up and not really a Tolkien story if it's just taken from some notes and padded by some writers to fill a 3hr. film

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